Dr. J. A. George Irish is Professor of Caribbean and Latin American Studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Medgar Evers College, CUNY where he has also served as Executive director of the Caribbean Research Center. He is Co-Founder and Chancellor of the Peoples of the Americas Consortium of Research Centers and Universities of Sustainable Development, / Fundacion Universidad Popular de de Desarrollo Sostenible de Las Americas, and Co-Founder of the International Institute of Technology Exchange and Capacity Building in Panama. (Instituto Superior Internacional de Intercambio Technologico y Capacitacion - ISI).
He formerly served as Chair of the Department of Spanish at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, and Head of the local branch of the UWI in Montserrat, as well as Visiting Professor of Comparative Afro-Caribbean Literature at the Universidad de Panama, Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Universidade Federal do Parana in Brazil, Casa del Caribe in Cuba, University of Guyana and University of the Virgin Islands.
He is the author/editor of 25 books, including: Nicholas Guillen: Growth of a Revolutionary Consciousness; Visions of Liberation in the Caribbean; Perspectives of alliouagana; and Further Perspectives of alliouagana; Discourses from allioagana and the Diaspora Life in a Colonial Crucible: Labor and social Change Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the scholarly journal, Wadsbagei - A journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas.
He was the recipient of the Nicolas Guillen Medallion awarded for distinguished scholarship in literature by the Government of Cuba and the Nicolas Guillen Foundation to mark the centenary of the birth of Cuba's Poet Laureate in 2002. He also won the University of the West Indies Student of the Year Award in 1964 and the Distinguished Graduate Award in 1998, as well as the Medgar Evers College (CUNY) Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999 and Certificate for Outstanding Scholarship in 2007.
The Government of Montserrat has honored him by establishing the Annual Professor George Irish Lecture Series. The Montserrat Community College and the Anguilla Secondary School have separately honored him as Founder of the Leeward Islands Debating competition (LIDC), establishing the Annual Dr. George Irish Oratorical Award.
He heads:Caribbean Diaspora Press Inc., Caribbean American Research Foundation Inc., Come Bible Institute and Spiritual Awakening Ministries, all based in New York, and has served on the NYC Commission on Students of African Descent and the NYS Board of Regents Advisory Council and Visiting Committee on Low Performing Schools.
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